Merlot is a typical grape grown throughout the world, and the best Merlot wines have primary flavors of cherry, plum, chocolate, bay leaf, and vanilla. Loved among most for soft tannins and aging ability, the red wines of Merlot are both elegant and approachable. Merlot's claim to fame started in Bordeaux, France, as one of the five noble varieties. Merlot is an excellent blending grape and will be found in Bordeaux Blends and Super Tuscans. In new world wines, Merlot is grown in Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, Uruguay, and the U.S., among others. Famous Merlot wines are Petrus, Masseto, La Mondotte, L'Apparita, and Duckhorn.